by AGORA moderator
28 June 2016

The Natural Resource Governance Institute is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2016 Women Leaders Fellowship. The deadline for application is 30 June 2016.

The program seeks to increase the participation of women in the movement to promote the sustainable management of extractives for the public good. In 2016 the fellowship will be open to applicants from the following countries: Ghana, Iraq, Myanmar, Tanzania, Indonesia, Guinea, the...

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by AGORA moderator
16 August 2016

In most countries, effective management of the extractive industries sector is undermined by a lack of transparency and an abundance of complex rules and regulations.  Legislation aimed at improving governance of the sector is urgently needed, and several countries are undertaking promising steps.  Too often, however, such processes are not open to citizen engagement or public consultation.

Parliaments have many new ways to push for more open and inclusive legislative reforms of the...

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by AGORA moderator
3 June 2016

India passed a new mining law - the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) (Amendment) Bill (MMDR) - with 117 votes in favour.  69 Members of Parliament voted against and two Member abstained.  

The bill was first introduced in November 2015, when it was opened up to public inputs and feedback.The ...

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by AGORA moderator
12 May 2016

Global Witness Statement on Proposed Section 1504 Rule

Today the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a strong proposed rule to implement a landmark transparency law which requires US-listed oil, gas and mining companies to publish details of their payments to governments, broken down per country and per project, with no exemptions.

This is a critical step in deterring corrupt natural resource deals, and one that will...

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by AGORA moderator
12 May 2016

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Minerals Development Centre hosted today the Africa launch of a new global programme to support small-scale miners, public institutions, and communities operating in the low value minerals and materials (LVMM) sector.

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is an initiative by the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, coordinated by the ACP Secretariat, financed by the European Union (EU) and United Nations...

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by AGORA moderator
28 November 2015

This month’s ...

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by AGORA moderator
28 November 2015

The second meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCo)of the newly-formed Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC) took place in the Palace of Westminster, London, on 20 October 2015. The meeting was hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch) which is also providing the interim secretariat for the Association.

The aim of CAPAC, whose foundation has been welcomed by the Commonwealth Secretariat, is to ensure that all Commonwealth Parliaments,...

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by AGORA moderator
23 December 2015

(Manila) – The Philippine government is failing to protect children who dig and dive for gold in dangerous small-scale mines, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report and video, released ahead of Children’s Month in the Philippines.

The 39-page report, “What…if Something Went Wrong: Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines” documents how thousands of Filipino children – some just 9 years old – work in illegal, small-scale gold mines, mostly financed by...

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